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9:30 AM ET, November 9, 2008


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Gabriel Madway / Reuters:
Google CEO on Obama tech czar job: No thanks  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc Chief Executive Eric Schmidt said Friday he would not serve as technology czar in Barack Obama's administration if he was asked.  —  “I love working at Google and I'm very happy to stay at Google …
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
Sony rolling out iTunes plus  —  Let's just say we have a hunch on this one.  Sony iTunes Plus high quality AAC files coming to the iTunes store in the next few weeks/months..same deal, 256kbit quality, no DRM.  —  Now when are they going to drop the “BMG”?  We have no idea.
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Android Bug Reboots Phone Every Time You Type “Reboot”  —  The latest big bug discovered in Android has to be one of the craziest that's shipped with a phone.  Basically, Android invisibly interprets every word as a command and executes it with “superuser privileges.”
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Conversation Consolidation: JS-Kit To Acquire coComment?  —  We're still looking to confirm, but alarm:clock says they've learned that web widget provider JS-Kit has agreed to acquire conversation tracking service coComment.  —  JS-Kit raised a total of $4.8 million in two rounds …
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Markcuban / blog maverick:
PE Obama's 1st Big Mistake  —  Its great to see President Elect Obama aggressively taking on the economy prior to his taking office.  Unfortunately, the economic advisory team that he has put together looks more like a semester's worth of great guest speakers for an MBA class than an economic advisory team that can truly help him.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Cash Crunch At New York Times (NYT): $400 Million Due In May  —  The New York Times Company's 10Q (NYT) contains more details on the company's cash crunch.  —  Specifically, the company must deliver $400 million to lenders in May of 2009, six months from now.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Ballmer: Microsoft working on App Store-like software distribution  —  But he rejects the idea of using WebKit to power IE  —  Computerworld) Microsoft Corp. is working on a software distribution scheme along the lines of Apple's iPhone App Store, CEO Steve Ballmer said yesterday at a developer's conference in Sydney, Australia.
U.S. judge orders Apple executive to stop work  —  A U.S. District Court judge in New York ordered a newly hired Apple Inc (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) executive to stop work immediately because he might be violating an agreement with his former employer, IBM (IBM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).
DeWitt Clinton:
Clearing up inaccuracies about the Google OpenID IDP launch  —  Not exactly the post I want to write after a long week, but there have been several posts following the developer launch of the Google OpenID IDP.  Unfortunately, those posts are inaccurate, and it is worth clarifying …
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
TeleNav Shotgun Web-Connected GPS Delivers Real-Time Traffic, Finds Cheap Gas for $300  —  Just as Dash—makers of the internet-connected, traffic-terminating GPS—is bailing out of the hardware game to sell its awesome software to other companies, TeleNav is officially doing the exact opposite …
Windows Live Wire:
Update on the new Hotmail  —  By the end of this week, all Windows Live Hotmail users will be upgraded to the new Hotmail.  The rollout has been slow because we've been reading and listening to your comments.  We've read all the comments, followed up with some of you, and changed the service as we went.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Breaking Down The Election Season Minute-By-Minute  —  Now that the election is over there is going to be no shortage of punditry looking to pinpoint exactly what moments in the last 18 months contributed to Barack Obama's victory over John McCain.  No one is better equipped for this analysis than Auditude …
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Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Gesture-Based Interface Ditches Mice, Keyboards
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StarOffice No Longer Part of Google Pack
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